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The Fleeting Beauty of Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Spring is my favorite time in Japan, mainly because for two fleeting  weeks, cherry blossoms emerge, luring the young and old outside to appreciate Japanese nature at its finest.  Although cherry blossom season is over in Matsuyama, traces of fallen blossoms remain on the ground, reminding me to appreciate things or people who won’t always […]

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My Second Year in Japan – A Photo Essay

Per my blogging tradition, below is a collection of 12 photos representing my 2012.  In general, it was a good year, but also a challenging and emotional one, where I said many goodbyes, changed jobs and moved to a different part of Japan.  I wish everyone a very prosperous and healthy 2013. あけましておめでとうございます! JANUARY Toyama is […]

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One Year in Japan – A Photo Essay

It goes without saying that 2011 was a difficult year for everyone in Japan.  As the country continues to mend in 2012, I hope the rest of the world does not forget the beauty that is everywhere here. In 12 months, through four distinct seasons and an emotionally impactful year, it is Japan that taught me […]

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Unexpected Cherry Blossoms

Life is full of the unexpected.  Some surprises change your life for the better, while others are extremely painful. All of us in the JET Programme have different reasons for wanting to live in Japan.  Still, I am always surprised when I talk to someone who has dreamed of coming here since childhood.  I often […]

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